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Speed (1936)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  8 May 1936 (USA)
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Terry is the chief car tester for Emery Motors and Frank is an Engineer. Jane has just been hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry both want Jane to be their girl. Terry has designed a... See full summary »

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Cast

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Wendy Barrie ...
Jane Mitchell, an alias if Jane Emery
Una Merkel ...
Josephine 'Jo' Sanderson
Weldon Heyburn ...
Frank Lawson
Ted Healy ...
Clarence Maxmillian 'Gadget' Haggerty
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Mr. Dean
Patricia Wilder ...
Fanny Lane, a Secretary
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Terry is the chief car tester for Emery Motors and Frank is an Engineer. Jane has just been hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry both want Jane to be their girl. Terry has designed a new carburetor that should bring him fame and money, but he cannot get it to work correctly. Terry and Gadget have tested it for over a year, but it still is not perfected. Emery Motors assigns Frank to help Terry with the carburetor, but Terry is not happy because Frank is an Engineer and is also vying for Jane. They finish the carburetor, and to test it, they enter a car in the Indianapolis 500 race. Terry is not yet satisfied with the carburetor before the big race even though it has passed all the tests. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A mile a minute of fun and thrills. (Posters). See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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8 May 1936 (USA)  »

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La prueba suprema  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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James Stewart's first starring role. See more »

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The new 1936 cars produced by the fictional Emery Motors Co. are seen coming down the assembly line with large 'Plymouth' placards in the rear door windows. See more »

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Pop! Goes the Weasel
Traditional 17th century English song
Played and sung by the band at the barn dance for dance music
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routine and formulaic
27 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film was made well before Jimmy Stewart was a real headliner. And, the studios didn't yet know exactly what sort of caliber actor they had on their hands. So, they experimented with him in a variety of films--some successful, some not. This one falls in the middle and while isn't playing the sort of character you'd expect from Stewart, he isn't nearly so out of his element as he would be just a short time later in BORN TO DANCE--where he sings!!! This film is very very reminiscent of a Jimmy Cagney film from just a few years before, THE CROWD ROARS. Both are in fact pretty indistinguishable. Yes the plots differ, but they all just seem like a lot of race cars spinning around track that are obviously the result of rear projection and stunt men. Not both but not particularly good either.


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